Rod Or Tubular Preform Patents (Class 425/392)
  • Patent number: 10710277
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a reinforced bladder are provided. The reinforced bladder comprises a bladder with a cross-sectional shape formed of a polymeric material and a number of reinforcements. Each of the number of reinforcements covers only a portion of the cross-sectional shape such that part of the cross-sectional shape remains uncovered by the number of reinforcements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Santiago, Charles William Thomas
  • Patent number: 10596751
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally pertains to methods for manufacturing an improved plastic pipe. One method includes the steps of: providing a plastic pipe; heating a plastic pipe; inserting a mandrel into the heated plastic pipe to form a bell socket end, wherein the mandrel includes a Rieber gasket and a dummy gasket spanning the outer surface of the mandrel; cooling the plastic pipe; and removing the mandrel from the plastic pipe, wherein the Rieber gasket and dummy gasket remain within a gasket cavity formed in the newly-formed bell socket end of the plastic pipe. The method results in the bell socket end of the pipe having an interior diameter greater than the exterior diameter of the opposing, spigot end of the pipe, wherein the bell socket end further includes a gasket cavity with a greater diameter than the remainder of the bell socket end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: MCWANE, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel A. Copeland
  • Patent number: 10576598
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a surfacing tool for repairing a sealing surface on a fitting. The surfacing tool is defined by a tool head and a tool head guide having an internal bore sized to receive the tool head. The tool head is includes a reverse flare working surface positioned at a first end thereof. A threaded element is positioned at one end of the tool head guide to threadingly receive a threaded flare fitting. The tool head being rotatable within the tool head guide while engaging and grinding the sealing surface on the fitting to a desired finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Richard C. Raczuk
  • Patent number: 10427360
    Abstract: A tool for fixing a protective textile sleeve about an elongate member contained therein, and method of use thereof is provided. The tool includes a clamp assembly having opposed clamp members. Each of the clamp members has a clamp surface for abutting the textile sleeve. Each of the clamp surfaces includes a plurality of heating members operably connected to a source of power. The heating members within each clamping surface are supported for independent radial movement relative to one another in response to engagement with an outer surface of the textile sleeve to allow the clamp surfaces to automatically conform to the arcuate shape of the sleeve and elongate member being clamped therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Powertrain LLC
    Inventor: Shozo Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 10088637
    Abstract: A method for making an optical fiber connector includes the following steps: Providing a casting mold having at least one casting cavity, and arranging at least one optical fiber assembly in the at least one casting cavity; Feeding plastic material into the at least one casting cavity; Solidifying the plastic material so as to form a plastic portion which solidifiedly bonds the at least one optical fiber assembly, where an end of the at least one optical fiber assembly emerges from the plastic portion, then removing a lower mold plate of the casting mold; Using a hard grinding disk to grind the end of the at least one optical fiber assembly; and Disposing the casting mold into an atomization facility, and atomizing lens material to the end of the at least one optical fiber assembly, acting with a manner of epicyclic gearing revolving therearound and with their own axes, so as to form a lens on the end of the at least one optical fiber assembly such that the lens is heated and solidified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Kow-Je Ling
  • Patent number: 10000007
    Abstract: An expanding tool comprising: an actuator comprising a cylindrical housing that defines an actuator housing cavity; a primary ram disposed within the actuator housing cavity, the primary ram defining an internal primary ram cavity; a secondary ram disposed within the internal primary ram cavity; a cam roller carrier coupled to a distal end of the secondary ram; a drive collar positioned within a distal end of the actuator housing cavity; a roller clutch disposed within an internal cavity defined by an inner surface of the drive collar; a shuttle cam positioned between the roller clutch and a distal end of the primary ram; an expander cone coupled to the primary ram; and an expander head operably coupled to the drive collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Corey Dickert, Alex Huber, Jarrod Kotes, Will Didier, Ian Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 9862137
    Abstract: An expanding tool comprising: an actuator comprising a cylindrical housing that defines an actuator housing cavity; a primary ram disposed within the actuator housing cavity, the primary ram defining an internal primary ram cavity; a secondary ram disposed within the internal primary ram cavity; a cam roller carrier coupled to a distal end of the secondary ram; a drive collar positioned within a distal end of the actuator housing cavity; a roller clutch disposed within an internal cavity defined by an inner surface of the drive collar; a shuttle cam positioned between the roller clutch and a distal end of the primary ram; an expander cone coupled to the primary ram; and an expander head operably coupled to the drive collar. When triggered, the actuator first rotates the expander head and then the actuator expands the expander head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Corey Dickert, Alex Huber, Jarrod Kotes, Will Didier, Ian Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 9856433
    Abstract: A composition includes molybdenum disulfide, epoxy binder, and 0.01 to 3 wt % lead. The composition is useful, for example, as dry film lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lawrence Bernard Kool, Robert William Bruce
  • Patent number: 9254558
    Abstract: A reverse scissor tool can be used for cleaning and filling resealable plastic bags. The reverse scissor tool comprises a first handle mechanically coupled to a first body. The first handle is mechanically coupled to a second handle by a hinge. The second handle is further mechanically coupled to a second body. The first body is mechanically coupled to a first wing. The second body is mechanically coupled to a second wing. The reverse scissor tool can be inserted into a bag that has been turned inside out, and then gently expand the bag to expose all inside edges, corners, and seams for a thorough and complete cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventors: Pat James Knutson, Barbara Irene Noble
  • Patent number: 9066749
    Abstract: A cutting or scoring balloon (26) is provided with a plurality of cutting or scoring elements (34) and is wrapped onto a balloon catheter (12) such that the cutting or scoring elements (34) overlie the balloon wall (36) with the balloon wall (36) pleated underneath the cutting or scoring elements (34). The cutting or scoring elements (34) remain exposed when the balloon (26) is pleated and wrapped onto the balloon catheter (12) and in a tightly wrapped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: David G. Burton, Per Elgaard
  • Publication number: 20150048558
    Abstract: Described is a method for chamfering the end of a pipe (2) made from thermoplastic material, comprising the following steps: localised and circumferential heating of an axial portion (3) of the pipe (2) at a predetermined temperature; plastic deformation of the heated axial portion (3) using a tool (4) for forming a chamfer on the axial portion (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: SICA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giorgio Tabanelli, Marco Gulminelli
  • Patent number: 8939748
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for cutting a strand to a length with regard to a weight and to the use of such device in a method for producing a medicament dosage form of at least one piece composed of at least one medicament and at least one additive, the medicament and the additive being mixed and extruded from a die as a strand and the strand being cut into pieces of precise weight using the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Grünenthal GmbH
    Inventors: Elisabeth Arkenau-Maric, Johannes Bartholomäus, Dieter Schateikis, Kai-Uwe Ustorf
  • Patent number: 8939753
    Abstract: The high straightness arrow in the present invention is designed to improve the straightness of the archery arrow by adopting new manufacturing technique and method. Chamber and post are made of dissimilar metals and the chamber includes a wall that creates an external housing and defines an internal airspace. Once the post with shaft is positioned through chamber, nuts are tightened securely, forming an assembly, to straighten post. Due to the different coefficients of thermal expansion of chamber and post, when they are heated simultaneously, the chamber expands more than the post, creating a natural tension along post which results in a near perfectly straight shaft. As the assembly cools, the post and chamber return to their original length, yet the shaft retains its straightened form and thus this manufacturing process yields an arrow shaft that is straighter than shafts made of the same materials but with a traditional manufacturing technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Aldila Golf Corp.
    Inventor: Martin T Connolly
  • Publication number: 20150021823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for imparting a rounded tip to a length of multi-layered tubing to form a urinary catheter includes a plurality of dies with internal geometry to successively push back an end region of an inner layer of the multi-layered tubing, exposing an interior of an end region of an external layer, and forming that end region of the external layer into a rounded end that is free of bald spots. The end region of the external layer may be thinned out by an intermediate die having an elongate conical die plug therein. Gravity and vacuum pressure may be used to facilitate flow of material of which at least one of the layers of the multi-layered tubing is constructed when heated to a deformable condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: William L. Givens, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150017276
    Abstract: An embodiment of a portable tube flaring system for flaring a flexible plastic tube end includes a hand-held wand with a heating element for heating a tube heater receptacle, which provides direct contact heating of the tube end about the entire outer periphery of the tube end. A mandrel device is configured for manual insertion into the heated tube end by the user after the tube end is removed from the wand and heater receptacle. A power/control unit is connected to the wand by a wiring bundle to provide electrical power to the heating element, and to optionally provide a visual and/or audio signal to the user for indicating when the tube end should be removed from the wand receptacle, and thereafter, when the mandrel may be removed from the tube end after sufficient cooling or curing time. The system may be carried by a person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Frank F. Hayes, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150000368
    Abstract: An expansion head for expansion tools for hollow work-pieces, particularly for the ends of plastic pipes and metal-plastic composite pipes, comprising a union cap having a guide flange directed radially inward, and a set of expandable jaws of sector-shaped design, each received individually by an inner flange sector overlapping the guide flange so that they are radially movable in the union cap, wherein the set of sector-shaped expandable jaws is movable between a closed state and an expansion state, and in a closed state, an approximately cylindrical lateral area is formed by an envelope of the outer walls of the set of expandable jaws, wherein characterized in that each expandable jaw is provided with at least one recess extending in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the expandable jaws so that in a closed state of the expansion head, the surface of the outer walls of the set of expandable jaws corresponds to 25% to 75% of the surface of the envelope of the outer walls of the set of expandable jaws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Sebastian Bärthlein, Sven Christoph, Richard Sapper
  • Patent number: 8920694
    Abstract: A material layering device may include a first pinning roller and a second pinning roller. A distance between the first pinning roller and the second pinning roller is less than a diameter of a substrate. The device also includes a return system, wherein the return system comprises a plurality of rollers. The device also includes a belt, which may have a first loop portion disposed between and protruding beyond the first pinning roller and the second pinning roller. The first loop portion also wraps about an intended substrate along an arc greater than about 180 degrees. The device further includes a feed portion coupled to the first loop and extending outwardly from the second pinning roller opposite the first loop and providing a surface upon which a sheet can be placed. Furthermore, the device also includes an adjustment mechanism coupled to one of the rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Gold Tip, LLC
    Inventor: Marvin Carlston
  • Publication number: 20140259603
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for removing a pipe liner from a diameter reducing die using a double nut system whereby the nuts are incrementally loosened to gradually relieve tension on the die until the assembly can be safely separated while reducing the risk of injury or damage to operators and equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SAK CONSTRUCTION, LLC
    Inventors: James H. Blasczyk, William Gates
  • Publication number: 20140265023
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing the diameter of a pipe liner to repair a damaged pipe, including means of reducing the pulling force required. This is done through use of a multi-section reduction die using a two-step reduction and pushing means for advancing the non-reduced liner portion into the die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: SAK Construction, LLC
    Inventor: James H. Blasczyk
  • Publication number: 20140225302
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension thermally shrinkable tube of the present invention is formed in a shape corresponding to a vehicle-suspension coil spring having a spiral shape and is formed so as to have a larger diameter than the diameter of the spring so as to allow the spring to be coupled by insertion; and is formed from a material the volume of which shrinks upon applying heat when the spring is coupled by insertion; and, after the spring has been slotted in and coupled, heat is applied and said tube is made to attach intimately to the spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Hankyung Component Trading Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Choon-Su Kim
  • Patent number: 8801424
    Abstract: A device for expanding a hollow body includes a plurality of sector-shaped expandable jaws disposed in a holder and distributed about a central axis. The expandable jaws extend along the axis to a free end and are radially movable with respect to the axis. Each of the expandable jaws includes: a cylindrical surface having a radius corresponding to a radius of the expanded hollow body and an inward radial taper at an area of the free end; and a plurality of projections and recesses disposed in a joint region and arranged in an alternating manner with each other along the axis and at least partially extending into the area of the free end. The cylindrical surfaces are rounded off to transition to respective outer surfaces of the projections. The outer surfaces of the projections extend, at least at ends of the projections, radially inward with respect the cylindrical surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Rothenberger AG
    Inventors: Knut Lindner, Thoralf Krause, Arnd Greding
  • Patent number: 8758006
    Abstract: Processes for manufacturing hollow structures such as spars for helicopter rotor blades, fixed wings for aircraft, and other aerostructures can include the provision of a path for gases to exit the material from which the spar is formed as the material is heated and cured, to help eliminate voids within the material caused by the presence of such gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Franklin D. Carson
  • Patent number: 8747721
    Abstract: A method for forming a tubular sheet product roll includes providing a sheet product roll having a first configuration and a void, centering a rotational axis of the sheet product roll on a longitudinal axis of a first tool, and inserting the first tool into the void of the sheet product roll to define an inner diameter of the void and to form the sheet product roll having a second configuration different from the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Ehteshamul Haque, Chiehlung Jay Hsu, David L. B. Knudsen, Bruce Jerome Kokko, Steven B. Mattheeussen
  • Patent number: 8740605
    Abstract: Disclosed therein is a spring tube melting machine of an air suspension system. The spring tube melting machine includes an inner molding part (100) and an outer molding part (200), which can mold an integrated spring tube by compressing half-finished spring tube materials at high temperature in order prevent bad molding due to the remaining air and overlap of spring tube materials and simplify maintenance due to repeated use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Sunjin Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong hun Kim
  • Publication number: 20140134285
    Abstract: A mold (form) in which an endotracheal tube, having a stylette therein, is received so as to form the overall configuration of the endotracheal tube is disclosed. The mold has a recess in the surface thereof to receive the endotracheal tube with a stylette therein. The recess has a curve therein adjacent one end of the mold to receive the distal end of the endotracheal tube. The recess in the opposite end of the mold has a bend therein to receive the proximal end of the endotracheal tube. The recess in the intermediate portion of the mold is substantially straight and interconnects the curved end and the oppositely disposed bent end of the recess. The stylette is fabricated from a thin metallic malleable rod which is bendable, and thus configurable, to retain the overall configuration of the endotracheal tube after being formed and removed from the mold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Michael P. Smith
  • Patent number: 8663529
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simplified manufacturing method for provision of a sound tube with a pre-formed shape, especially a sound tube for use in a BTE (Behind-The-Ear) hearing aid utilizing a holder with an external surface for imparting the shape of the surface to the sound tube, a first attachment element that is adapted to receive and hold a first connector at a first end of the sound tube, and a second attachment element that is adapted to receive and hold a second connector at a second end of the sound tube thereby keeping the sound tube in abutting contact with at least parts of the external surface whereby the external surface imparts the shape of the surface to the sound tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: GN Resound A/S
    Inventors: Klaus Sommer Ipsen, Dennis Norman Andersen
  • Patent number: 8663528
    Abstract: A caterpillar traction apparatus (110), wherein two pairs of pulleys (122 & 123, 132 & 133) can be driven at different speeds, so that the linear member (40) being driven by the mechanism is subjected to either compression or extension forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Peter David Jenkins, Daniel Owen Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8651850
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for stiffening a flat component, a process for the production of a flat component, in particular a fiber composite component, and a fiber composite component. The device has a portion for producing a space for receiving a mold core for the transmission of a pressure for pressing the flat component and the device. It is characterised by means for positively lockingly and/or frictionally lockingly positioning the mold core in the space of the device. The process according to the invention includes the following steps: introducing the mold core into the portion of the device, positively lockingly and/or frictionally lockingly positioning the mold core in the portion of the device by means of the means, applying the device including the mold core to the non-hardened material layer or layers, pressing the material layers, and hardening the material layer or layers and joining the device to the material layer or layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Torben Jacob, Ivar Wiik
  • Patent number: 8641405
    Abstract: The invention concerns a piston (1) for positioning a food pot decoration in a mold, a positioning device comprising this piston, and an associated positioning method. The piston (1) comprises at least one means (10) for prefolding or folding the decoration over its full height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: A R C I L
    Inventor: Christophe Bonnier
  • Publication number: 20140017360
    Abstract: A drinking straw comprises a thermoplastic tube and an active ingredient in the tube, releasable in a liquid drawn through the tube. The active ingredient is held in place between branched portions of the straw defined by neighbouring recesses formed in the tube and an inner seam connecting the neighbouring recesses. The branched portions are spaced from the ends of the straw. A device and method for making the drinking straw are disclosed as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Ferenc Ecseri, Monika Ecseri
  • Publication number: 20130341831
    Abstract: A tool to expand an end of a pipe includes a plurality of jaws movable between a closed and expanded position and rotatable about a longitudinal axis, and a shuttle movable along the axis between a disengaged position and engaged position wherein the shuttle and the jaws are engaged and rotatable about the axis between a first and second orientation. A spindle moves between a first position in which the shuttle is in the first orientation and is disengaged from the jaws, a second position in which the shuttle is in the first orientation and is engaged with the jaws, and a third position in which the shuttle and jaws are rotated to the second orientation while the jaws are closed. Movement of the spindle to a fourth position moves the jaws to the expanded position and maintains the engagement of the shuttle and the jaws in the second orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Troy C. Thorson, Andrew J. Weber
  • Patent number: 8613878
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a medical elongate member including a elongate base material, a resin layer formed to coat or to be integral with the surface of at least a part of the base material, and a plurality of projections dispersed uniformly in a surface of the resin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuuki Yoshifusa, Terunobu Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 8579624
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for manufacturing multi-wall corrugated polymer pipe. The system includes an extruder configured to co-extrude concentric annular tubes; a corrugator configured to form the concentric annular tubes into a dual-wall pipe having a smooth wall and a corrugated wall; a cross-head die configured to extrude an outer wall of pipe onto the corrugated wall of the dual-wall pipe; a vacuum punch configured to penetrate the outer wall of pipe and draw a vacuum between the corrugated wall and the outer wall, such that the outer wall of pipe deforms inward toward the corrugated wall of pipe between bell and spigot portions of the corrugated wall; and a cutter configured to cut the pipe into sections where the vacuum punch deformed the outer wall between the bell and spigot portions of the corrugated wall. A method of manufacturing multi-wall corrugated polymer pipe is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald S. Sutton, David J. Kelley, Randall A. Kolbet
  • Patent number: 8562330
    Abstract: A rim rolling apparatus is provided having a plurality of rim rolling screws, a motor and a pneumatic cooling circuit. Each screw has a hot section and a cool section provided downstream of the hot section. The motor is configured to drive the screws in rotation to feed thermoformed articles between the screws to roll lips of the articles. The pneumatic cooling circuit extends within the screw from an exit end towards an entrance end. The cooling circuit is provided in thermally conductive relation with the cool section and insulated from the hot section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Jere F Irwin
  • Patent number: 8535038
    Abstract: A food dough forming apparatus for joining together a first end face of a rod-shaped food dough and a second end face of another rod-shaped food dough, the apparatus including: deforming and facing means for deforming the food doughs so as to cause the first end face and the second end face to face each other; and joining means for joining together the end faces caused to face each other by the deforming and facing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Rheon Automatic Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Okaizumi, Takao Takagi
  • Patent number: 8517715
    Abstract: A tool operable to expand an end of a pipe includes a plurality of jaws movable between a closed position and an expanded position and rotatable about a longitudinal axis and a rotation collar rotationally coupled to each of the plurality of jaws. A shuttle is selectively engageable with the rotation collar and is rotatable between a first orientation and a second orientation and a spindle is movable between a first position in which the shuttle is in the first orientation and is disengaged from the rotation collar, a second position in which the shuttle is in the first orientation and is engaged with the rotation collar, and a third position in which the shuttle and the rotation collar are rotated together to the second orientation. The rotation of the rotation collar produces a corresponding rotation of the plurality of jaws while the plurality of jaws is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Troy C. Thorson, Andrew J. Weber
  • Patent number: 8511359
    Abstract: A layup mandrel includes a shell having a tool surface on which plies may be laid up. The shape of the shell is changed by an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: David Lynn Perlman
  • Patent number: 8500085
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing a composite fiber component (1) the method comprising the following method steps: forming a moulding core (4) comprising a hollow profile (15) made of segments (16a . . . d) in order to establish an external geometry of the moulding core (4), wherein the segments (16a . . . d) of the moulding core (4) each extend in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the moulding core (4) and are each constructed so as to be pivotable about an axis running in the longitudinal direction of the moulding core (4), between a folded position (A), and an unfolded position (B) of the hollow profile (15) of the moulding core (4), wherein the segments (16a . . . d) are constructed so as to be coupled to one another via connections (18a . . . d, 19a . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Torben Jacob, Joachim Piepenbrock
  • Patent number: 8469690
    Abstract: Mandrel supported IV tubing is inserted within a mold of a mold assembly to heat the IV tubing and form a tapered end of the tubing. The tip of the tubing extending beyond the tapered end of the tubing is severed by the mandrel bearing against the mold to lodge the tip in an outlet of the mold. Cooling air is introduced to the mold assembly to cool the mold and to create a flow of turbulent air about the outlet of the mold to extract the severed tips. The turbulent air is exhausted through a channel, pipe and fitting into a collection chamber and causes translation of the severed tip to and into the collection chamber. Sensors may be incorporated to sense the translation of the severed tips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Engineering & Research Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph G. Augustine
  • Publication number: 20130140739
    Abstract: A pipe end is expanded by an expander tool (1) comprising a plurality of jaws (10), which are radially movable in relation to a center axis between a retracted position and expanded position. The jaws (10) when retracted are intended to be inserted into the pipe end. The jaws (10) have outer jaw surfaces which are intended for engagement with the inner surface of the pipe end and which lie adjacent to one another in the retracted position of the jaws (10). The tool (1) further comprises a piston (2) or a cone with a tapered end for moving the jaws (10) between said positions and means moving the piston (2) or the cone in a reciprocating manner in the axial direction for expanding the pipe end. The tool (1) further comprises support structures whereby the jaws (10) are supported in a circumferential direction in the expanded position. A method for expanding a pipe using such a tool is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: UPONOR INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Yngve Lundequist, Hakan Persson, Erika Sundqvist Byhlin, Johan Backlund
  • Patent number: 8454340
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are provided for heat treatment of a tubular preform material that is loaded onto the outer surface of an electrically conductive mandrel forming a rotatable tubular shaped resistance heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Radyne Corporation
    Inventors: Don L. Loveless, Valery I. Rudnev, John Justin Mortimer, Brian R. Gramoll
  • Patent number: 8454339
    Abstract: To provide an eraser molding toy with which it is possible to mold an eraser having a colored pattern or design, a plurality of thermofusible eraser members 1 of differing colors are placed in succession inside a molding container 2 so as to form a required pattern or design etc., and the molding container 2 is heated in order to fuse the surfaces of the eraser members 1 together to mold an eraser P having a colored pattern or design in the mold shape of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Bandai Co., Ltd., Royal Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Namiko Ishii, Makoto Koike
  • Patent number: 8440126
    Abstract: A carrier mold having prongs that produces shaped tampons is provided. A carrier mold comprising an outer surface, an inner surface, a first end, a second end opposite the first end, a body, and two or more prongs, each prong having a proximal base and a distal end; wherein at least one prong is in partial contact with at least one other prong; wherein the inner surface defines an inner cavity for producing a shaped tampon; wherein the inner cavity is structured to define or mirror the desired shape of the shaped tampon; and wherein the shaped tampon has a length and comprises various perimeters along its length. A method of forming a shaped tampon using the carrier mold is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Wade Monroe Hubbard, Jr., Kevin Charles Strong, Michael John Mers-Kelly, Daniel Raymond Wiegele
  • Patent number: 8430659
    Abstract: A corrugator device for shaping thermoplastic corrugated pipes out of a molten plastic tube issuing from an extrusion device may include moving molding jaws which circulate in a linear molding section and are arranged in paired successive relationship in the molding section forming a molding passage. The pairs of molding jaws may be formed from left-hand and right-hand molding jaws and between them enclose a cylindrical mold cavity to form the molding passage. The device may include a gripper device for guiding the molding jaws from the end of the molding section back to the start of the molding section, and having grippers respectively for the left-hand and the right-hand molding jaws, each with a separate guide and drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Unicor GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Fösel
  • Patent number: 8393887
    Abstract: Embodiments of stents having profiles that improve gripping of the stent on a stent delivery system are provided. Additionally, embodiments of molds for fabricating the stents are provided. A radially expandable stent can comprise a proximal section tapering inward to a proximal end of the stent and a distal section tapering inward to a distal end of the stent. The tapered sections can be adapted to improve the attachment of the stent to the delivery system and to facilitate the delivery of the mounted device into and through a bodily lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Gene Brown, Hector Onello Torres, Mark Harris, Chris Andrews
  • Patent number: 8393886
    Abstract: Device (1) for producing a stacking projection (2) on the inner side (3) of a container wall (4) comprises a splaying mandrel (5) and a support ring (S) open at the top. Those are movable relative to one another between a standby position (7) and a deformation position (8). The splaying mandrel comprises at least in some places a retaining indentation (9) running externally circumferentially and the support ring comprises at least in some places a notch projection (10) running internally circumferentially. Through the interaction of those indentation and projection in the deformation position the stacking projection can be produced, wherein in the deformation a gap width (11) between in particular the retaining indentation and the notch projection in a border section (12) of the circumference is greater than the gap width (13) between the other circumferential sections (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Seda S.p.A.
    Inventor: Gianfranco D'Amato
  • Publication number: 20130059051
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for forming substantially straight, in particular wound, croissant dough pieces (36) in a U-shape or annular shape, comprising a gripper unit (09), wherein the gripper unit (09) comprises: a gripper carrier (10); at least one retaining jaw (11, 17, 24), which is rigidly or movably attached to the gripper carrier (10) and which can be brought in contact with the dough piece (36, 37, 38, 41) on a first side; two pivot carriers (16, 23), which are each pivotably supported about a pivot axis in the gripper carrier (10) and which perform an opposite pivot motion (19, 26); and shaping jaws (18, 25), which are each rigidly or movably attached to the pivot carrier (16, 23) and which can be brought into contact with the dough piece (36, 37, 38, 41) on the opposite second side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Udo Bernhardt, Rainer Wagner
  • Patent number: 8382467
    Abstract: A multiple part mandrel on which a hollow body may be formed includes multiple sectors. Each sector has a skin on an outer face and a pair of opposed side returns at longitudinal sides of the sector. The mandrel formed by the sectors is symmetrical about a central axis of the mandrel. When the sectors are assembled as the mandrel, the side returns of adjacent sectors face each other. Each of the side returns includes a recess in an outside surface of the side return, spaced from the skin of the respective sector, and an inflatable O-ring disposed in the recess. The recesses of adjacent side returns in the mandrel are offset with respect to each other in an axial direction of the mandrel. Inflation of the inflatable O-rings urges adjacent sectors together at the skins of the sectors to seal the adjacent sectors at the skins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Constructions Industrielles de la Mediterranee—CNIM
    Inventors: Dominique Micheaux, Pierre Valibouse, Philippe Marino, Denis Colombo
  • Patent number: 8342836
    Abstract: A carrier mold having prongs that produces shaped tampons is provided. When subjected to pressure the prongs of the carrier mold flex to completely or substantially close one end of the carrier mold. A method of forming a shaped tampon using the carrier mold is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Wade Monroe Hubbard, Jr., Kevin Charles Strong, Michael John Mers-Kelly, Daniel Raymond Wiegele
  • Patent number: 8257074
    Abstract: A balloon folding apparatus is provided for use in the manufacture of balloon catheters. The balloon folding apparatus includes a plurality of arms and a plurality of blades attached to the plurality of arms such that the plurality of blades is capable of translating in a radial direction. Preferably, a plurality of stepper motors coupled to the plurality of arms provides precise radial movement of the plurality of blades. Each of the plurality of blades is profiled to create a plurality of folds in a balloon catheter. A balloon wrapping apparatus is also provided and operates in a similar manner. The balloon wrapping apparatus includes a plurality of blades configured to wrap a folded balloon catheter around a catheter shaft so as to minimize the diameter of the balloon catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Interface Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Josef J. Stupecky